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Grateful Dead Live at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on 1978-12-16

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Grateful Dead Live at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on 1978-12-16

Set 1

Beat It On Down The Line
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
Stagger Lee
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Lazy Lightnin' ->

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
From The Heart Of Me
He's Gone ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around

One More Saturday Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Location Nashville, TN

Source (FOB) Sony ECM 250 -> Cassette Master (Maxell UD-XLII/Dolby B) D
Lineage Cassette Master (Tascam 122mkII) -> Apogee MiniMe (24bit/48k) ->
Taped by Joani Walker and Paul Scotton
Transferred by Charlie Miller


Patch Info:
Nakamichi 300 -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD (By Robert Wagner)
Drums (9:08 - 9:26)


-- 2nd Set is seamless
-- Thanks to Paul Scotton and Joani Walker for the tapes
-- There were fades and gaps between almost every song which I fixed
-- First few seconds of Sugaree are missing
-- This version is played back without Dolby


Reviewer: OhioRedDog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 23, 2017
Subject: awesome
This is the most unique sounding recording of the GD on the archive! Not only does it sound crystal clear for an audience recording but the playing is also very loose and gives us some interesting versions (like He's Gone).
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2016
Subject: Clean, well-played, goofy
As other reviewers have said, this is a crisp recording with everybody playing and, for the most part, singing well...even Donna Jean. Great rendition of From the Heart of Me. At the do-wop jam out of He's Gone, however, things start to get screwy. I think the acid must have kicked in at that point: the grooves start to get wobbly & lopsided, & nobody is carrying a tune vocally anymore. Around & Around, rarely an interesting song, is pretty unlistenable here.

Early on, the show is magnificent. Garcia is picking amazingly crazy licks, with Big River & Tennessee Jed being particular highlights. There are LOTS better shows from '78, though.
Reviewer: ycomp - - October 5, 2015
Subject: He's Gone?
is it just me or does that say 17 minutes for He's Gone? Guess I've gotta give that a listen..
Reviewer: anthonywcorrell - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 14, 2015
Subject: Municipal Auditorium
I'm working just a few blocks from this auditorium, right now. Still rockin - houses the "Musician's Hall of Fame" which is a fun, quirky museum. The Auditorium seats 9,700.
Reviewer: Elvenstar - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 13, 2015
Subject: Good Stuff
Another firing show from the omnipotent GD
Reviewer: wlg3 - - June 18, 2015
Subject: Right Church, Wrong Pew
Hey Capslock, there's a separate forum for general ranting.
Reviewer: LOVELOVEJERRY69 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2015
Subject: SIT DOWN!!!!!!!!............."SIT DOWN"
........IN THE PAST FROM 1976 ON......WELL EVER SINCE I HAVE been seeing THE DEAD,,,,,,,,,several GRATEFUL DEAD HEAD audience members would shout to me and others ( who were totally groovin/tripping/dancing/going with the flow ).........TO "SIT DOWN"!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......SIT DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


HOW COULD ANYONE SIT DOWN TO JAMMING ROCK N ROLL ANYWAY!!!!!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Why would you want to sit down???,,,,,,,,,,,,should we fold our hands too??...........IF YOU want to sit down .........go to a classical concert,,,,,,,,,,IN THE PAST AT SEVERAL DEAD SHOWS...,,,I got "things" thrown at me,,,,,,,,,,,I GOT BEAT UP....HIT,....,YELLED AT,,...THREATENED.....PUSHED.....BEER AND WATER THROWN ON ME,,,,,,,,AT VARIOUS SHOWS.....
do these morons get it that THE BAND LOVES WHEN PEOPLE DANCE,,,,,THEY LOVE IT ,,,,,,,,,,I spoke to all the band when I WENT BACK STAGE,,,,,AND ALL MEMBER OF THE DEAD EXPRESSED A GREAT LIKING TO HAVE THE PEOPLE DANCE ..........ON STAGE ....LIKE "SUNSHINE " ( DEAD HEAD GROUPIE) ....AND IN THE audience,,,,,,,,,,,,

"HEY EVERYONE GET UP AND DANCE AND FORM A BIG OL' LINE"............SOUND familiar????????? is BOBBY talking..............
or,,,,,,,,,, "COME ON EVERYBODY GET UP AND DANCE WERE GOIN' TO RUIN U"...again a statement right from the band!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......hello.......

biggest joke I GOT numerous times FROM TAPERS,,,,,,,,,commanding me to..."STOP CLAPPING/CHEERING THE BAND ON"...YOU ARE GOING TO FUCK UP MY TAPING OF THE SHOW"...........YOU mean I can't clap and cheer??????????????????????.....seriously???,,,,,
I MEAN IF I was in the designated "TAPERS SECTION"...MAYBE I could understand there extremely strong command,,,,,,,,,,,,not to enjoy myself...........asking me was I WAS ON LSD AND PEAKING TO KEEP QUIET IS INSANE,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
YOU KNOW WHAT..............................COME ON YOU OLD FARTS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,"STAND UP"!!...MAKE SOME NOISE...LAUGH...CHEER...DANCE.....SCREAM....CLAP YOUR HANDS.....MOVE,,,,,,SING,,,,,,YELL,,,,BE YOUNG......ACT YOUTHFUL...........CELEBRATE.......INTERACT WITH OTHERS IN THE AUDIENCE...........THE GROUP ACTIVELY WANTED ALL AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO INTERACT WITH each other...kiss each other ...hug..each other ,,,dance with each other ,,,,,,,,,,,,BOBBY told me the latter when I WAS want back it is right from the horse's mouth

so,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,," SO STAND UP YOU FUCKERS"

Reviewer: batcaver - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2015
Subject: Nashville
Jerry is doing the nashville thing right out of the barn door. He's a bit rusty, but definately drawing on his pedal steel knowledge and channeling what he can of Clarence White (without a b-bender). Generally love Charlie's touch. Would have rated it higher but the audience/board mix, if that's what this is, is a bit like being in two universes at the same time.
Reviewer: sdesmond - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2014
Subject: Great sound, solid show. Well worth your time.
And on this day in Gratful Dead history...

Glad I found this one, real enjoyable listen. Give it a spin.
Reviewer: ~Decolores to you~ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2014
Subject: Hard to beat
just a great show!
Reviewer: Werewolf1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 5, 2014
Subject: Golden Nugget
There's something special about this show...clear sound, the band are in imaginative mode, good atmosphere...I love 1978 auds. They sound more intimate than 1977 (I guess the standard dropped a little in 78 but it's still 5 stars).
I wonder what the Nashville Municipal Auditorium is like. Is it big? Cosy? A home for Country music? Perhaps it no longer exists...
Imagining the setting is a fun part of listening to these golden nuggets.
And considering it was one of Keith and Donna's last shows, just makes it extra special.
Reviewer: komail - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2014
Subject: thank u
thank u a lot
Reviewer: Tulsabill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 1, 2014
Subject: Hey Now
Thank you
Reviewer: peasant - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 12, 2014
Subject: on the plateau
I have been systematically going through 78 to challenge some of my previous assumptions of this year: more aggressive playing with more sloppiness and sluggishness. This is a good show. It has it moments. But the band is just not firing on all cylinders all the time. There is a leveling off in their quality. I wanted to also critically assess the "decline" of Keith throughout 78. I can't really say that he is diminished in his playing except that perhaps I've gotten used to his periodic sleepiness over the years. As Jerry said during this time, more color and sustain is needed from the keyboards.

The AUD quality on this recording is excellent. Thanks to the tapers and Charlie Miller.
Reviewer: parabuilding - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 4, 2013
Subject: +
Reviewer: kee-zee - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2013
Subject: Brave the storm to come
To start of I don't review AUD recordings very often but will take a exception on this..The recording is clear and gives you the feeling of sitting at the concert..A nice Sugaree to open up set to get things started..The LL Rain is mesmerizing followed by a upbeat Tennessee Jed..The 1st set is capped off with power charged Lazy Lightning>Supplication..I'm a big fan of that combo..The 2nd set is tight and well played and the Scarlet>Fire gets it!!!!!!!! The He's gone was hot as a pistol but cool yes GIVE IT A WHIRL
Reviewer: fiddlenb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2013
Subject: great
so fun to listen and jam out to this. Glad this is available to listen to!
Reviewer: monksbird - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2013
Subject: Mr. Weir
You can really pick out Bobby's playing on this recording, sometimes he gets a little buried or just blends in so much you can't really get and ear on him. Here you can make out his all together strange and interesting playing...
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2013
Subject: Binge Factor
This tour sure had a lot of potential! Jerry's vocals were strained from the onset of the tour though and eventually caused a cancellation by the 24th. Up until then though there are good aspects musically, particularly Garcia's leads. This show is solid in that way throughout, but Rochester is more convincing on the 21st.
The Dead picked up the tour mid-December in the same fashion down south again.
Reviewer: Fat loss Factor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2013
Subject: Fat loss Factor Program
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2012
Subject: --
Another example of how an AUD can convert even the most ardent of SBD snobs (myself included!) - this is easily of the best recordings of '78.

Set 1 - if that 15-minute Sugaree tells you anything, yeah, Jerry pretty much owns this set - Bobby's tunes take a while to make their mark; Looks Like Rain probably comes off best for him. But Jerry is all over this thing from beginning to end - Candyman, my god...and check out how slow they render Stagger Lee - don't think I've ever heard it done so.

Set 2 - Of course, the buzz is all about the S>F, so I'll leave that little medley to speak for itself here. I am going to go ahead and really champion the Other One; this one is played as a Mission Statement jam; they really burn the landscape with that one. Wharf Rat is so completely sick....check out Jer's 'false truth' solo - absolutely devastating. Although he does repeat a verse at the end he integrates it into the tune and we're none the wiser. A&A peaked during this year.

Just an amazing show, the band was absolutely in control this night.
Reviewer: kfp123 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 15, 2012
Subject: comment
The contents are really good…
Reviewer: brownroux - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2012
Subject: mahalo bruddas and sistas
This my friends is absolute true one of a kind mind bending full throttle ace's back to back jammin all out numero uno in my book!!!
Peace and warm winds to the cats that brought it here,mahalo dav
Reviewer: fourwinds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2012
Subject: Loved listening to this show.
First@Serpentale. It's hard to objectively listen to this music it either moves you or it don't. But, one point I want to make that speaks to what you said. At the start Bobby makes a joke that it's good to be back in the "motion picture capitol of the world", the crowd goes typically wild, I almost didn't catch it myself over the crowds approval before he finished. Hmm. Besides that I personally really enjoyed this show top to bottom and it made for one of the best days of hiking I've ever had.
Reviewer: n2thelite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 6, 2012
Subject: *****
sounds good! Nashville in the House.
Reviewer: Santafewillie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2012
Subject: 78 Jerry
Excellent show. I hear Garcia's desire to experience new territory as I listen to BIODTL.
Years later Hornsby would complain about Jerry's lackluster effort, to which JG replied "you don't understand 25 years of burnout, man."
Reviewer: lp357 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2012
Subject: agree to disagree
,I gotta tell ya Serpentale, I think the night mr. gan was talking about was a few years down the road. I do feel the shows in 78 got a bit generic, but to call his playing embarrassing is a bit far fetched, unless of course you a reincarnation of Django!

This was just another stage in the evolution of the dead, and certainly not as bad as what came latter.
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 2, 2012
Subject: I keep trying..
... but I just can't fall in love with '78. I still haven't found that one show that really excites me. This one is definitely good but still not good enough to make a convert of me.
The Scarlet>Fire that kicks off the second set gets mentioned a lot but I don't think it stands up to the best ones of '77 (without even mentioning 5/8). The first set was the better set for me with a strong Sugaree opener and en excellent LL > Supplication to finish off.
Definite points for the superb sound quality though... one of the best auds I've heard on IA.
Reviewer: Joshua_me - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2011
Subject: A Smokin' Show with Great Sound Quality...
What more convincing do you need ?

Grab this one while you can !

Jerry was on fire while the boys smoldered behind him.


Get it ! (Thanks, Mr. C, for yet another sonic wonder ! )
Reviewer: HarleyDog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2011
Subject: Never Enough
The quality of this recording is absolutely superb. Board tapes are great but honestly do not compare to this audience recording. Charlie Miller should change his name to King Midas since everything he touches turns to Gold.....
Reviewer: serpentale - - May 30, 2011
Subject: The Emperor TRULY Wears No Clothes!!!
Nice clean up by Charlie but other than that...this show is embarrassing. Garcia was NOT ON this night!

I'm reminded of a quote by Gans(that I don't remember verbatim), talking about a night when The Guys played relatively poorly but the crowd was still strangely enthusiastic about the performance. It was then that he realized that "something was wrong". I've never appreciated those words more than tonight after reading these reviews and listening to the show.
Reviewer: darhein - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2011
Subject: great opening
the set list on this opening is a wet dream. thanks for the post just added it to stumble.
Reviewer: darebra - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2011
Subject: darebra
Thanks to all who made this wonderful recording!
This show is just plain fun. Sounds like I'm standing right in the middle of this auditorium with all these lucky people. Miss ya Jer, Rock on Further!
Reviewer: swampRatchild - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2010
Subject: nice aud
I love the shows from this era that opened up with favorite sugaree is 12/28/79.this show is just an awesome aud recording with a great setlist and really tight versions of every song.amazingly enough i never remember hearing about this one in the old tape trading days.
Reviewer: dcain - - November 19, 2010
Subject: Frisky
Great sound, thanks for making this available. Seems to be something special coming out of Garcia's guitar on BIODTL, Big River and others. His bends on Fire are skyscrapers. Hurricane-force runs around 6:25. When the band quiets down Around to a whisper, he is reeling off speed licks underneath. Fabulous stuff.
Reviewer: cametogetdown - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2010
Subject: Chills!!!!!
New to Archive and love it!
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2010
Subject: One for the Ages -- Jerry Rages
Would soundly concur with The Archives Staff Picks and most of the comments of the other reviewers.

A raging Jerry show from the very first note. A dazzlingly-captured epic. Superb recording. One can hear every instrument harmoniously.

This would be an ideal suggestion as the first show for a "Newbie"

Here is the same sort of balls-to-the-walls Jerry extravaganza similar in rage to the 12-29-77 Winterland Dicks Picks 10; him playing his bodacious "Wolf" guitar.

But this is a better recording than Dicks Picks 10. In my opinion.

Have to once again thank the purveyors of this divine lot: The recordists and archivists for this beautiful concert.
Reviewer: jamiejoon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2010
Subject: Lovely scarlet
Had a speedy copy of this for years, nice to hear it at normal speed and not get totally freaked out. Garcia had a wonderful tone on this Scarlet. Nate, if you like this Scarlet, check out the version from six weeks later in Indianapolis (2-3-79) - perfection.
Reviewer: deadheadNate - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2010
Subject: Probably Best AUD on the site
I'm a young 17 year old head, only have a couple shows under my belt but I take every chance to see the boys now that comes. I was 2 years old when Jerry died, so i'm making up for a lot of lost time(so to speak). My main method of hearing shows is this site, which truly has been a gift, nurturing my love of the Dead.

With that being said, I've been delving into the archive shows for awhile and have almost NEVER come across an AUD this beautiful, clear and perfect. This truly is a GIFT. When the first few seconds of Candyman came on I couldn't believe my ears. Precise, loud, clear and direct to your eardrums. This show is an absolute godsend to people like me, who never truly got to experience a real dead show (we can all agree that furthur is good but can't compare to a show like this). Thank you Charlie miller and everyone else who makes this site possible.

I couldn't ask anything more from the show itself. every hard-hitting roots Dead song that you would want to hear is on this show. The Lazy lightning > Supplication is a especially hot with some very inspired Jerry leads. Nothing else can be said that hasn't about the Scarlett>Fire, simply one of the best they ever did. One of the very few drums sections that I don't skip over is on this show, followed by an Other One that takes you to other planets. The real Gem on this show, IMO, is the Candyman. The tears are definitely gonna fall for this one, I know mine did. Jerry's leads are so pure, so realistic, so lifelike that it feels like the man himself is in the flesh, sitting next to you and playing you this heartfelt song. Simply Beautiful

Enough can't be said about my Gratefulness for the Archive. You guys give a kid like me who was in diapers when Jerry died a chance to experience what it was like. And, boy, was it magical.

Peace to everyone- DeadheadNate
Reviewer: hampton87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2010
Subject: because there was no show this day in history
i found this nashville 1978 on internet archive because there was no show this day in history. this show seems to be rising in popularity of downloads, i belive i am the 1000th person to download this. this grate show is an audience recording it is easily downloaded. one nice aud record. thanks charlie miller and everyone else invoved. thanks jerry, phil, bob, bill, donna, keith, and mickey, of course thanks to pig in the early day, thanks to brent in the later, and all ther other keyboardist. thanks to the one who recorded this from th audience. i am still lisenting to sugaree...what a rockin fourteen mintues of pure sugar the slide must be bob playing off jerry...can't wanit to hear the rest...I think it could easly be a 4.9422 stars. i am now on beat it on down the the line, very flowing very country so i a m sure nashville loved it..audience is great inbetween songs, lots of ?phil' bill' jerry'

when you get a chance to listen to france 1971 that is a really nice show 4.9989
Reviewer: houseofrisingsun - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 4, 2010
Subject: One of the best of the 70's
I have many downloads of dead shows and have to say this is one of the best. Great Sugaree and Scarlet. Everyone is in top form and the recording itself is quite good. A worthwhile addition to any collection. Keep on truckin....
Reviewer: will_00 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2010
Subject: Amazing
Amazing Dead! This show ranks on the top of '78 and possibly even top '70s. Jerry is on fire and so smooth on every song.

Scarlet > Fire blows my mind. Possibly even better in some ways than 83-04-13 Scarlet>Fire>Estimated.

Great recording as well. Worth a listen for sure.
Reviewer: drgraffenberg32 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2010
Subject: best dead aud on archive. period.
ive been downloading just about every dead aud i could find on archive and this one just surpasses all the other auds ive found on here. just needs the bass turned up and its basically a sbd but with audience which makes it even better. good jams too. scarlet> fire of course, also sugaree is really nice and pretty long tennessee jed is even better. and of course the hes gone> around and around. must have for any deadhead
Reviewer: radio_420 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2010
Subject: My God
Oh. My. God.


Reviewer: Hashjihad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2010
Subject: Me and My Uncle
Right at the end of me and my uncle Jerry does this thing, where he plays just open notes, as a counter rhythm to Bobby, and then plays a couple notes as the solo descends, its just sick. At first I though he just messed up but he does it a couple times. Just shows even after listening to 100 plus Me and My uncles Jerry pulls something I never heard before.
Reviewer: darkstar041472 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2010
Subject: Special Recording
Jerry is a Beast during this show and the recording of the sound system that night puts Jerry really nice front and center. His tone is ferocious.

Don't pass this one up.
Reviewer: Jinglebell Rainbow - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2010
Subject: Jerry
I have most every official release, tons of tapes many down loads from various sources, and have been a Dead Head since 1981. With that being said I have never heard anything like this. Granted 1978 is a little thin in my collection, but Jerry is playing like a mad man possessed. The tone, the fury, the ferociousness and the mechanical ability surpasses most anything I have ever heard him do. In ways it equals the 2-27-69 second set as far as his playing.(not in lengthy improvisational achievement but in technical ability and passion) While Dark Star & The Eleven from 2-27-69 stands as one of the all time great Jerry moments and the songs here are standard it does not matter. The whole show has Jerry ripping so hard, fast and full of passion what I thought was impossible has occurred: I have even more admiration for my favorite all time musician. (Beethoven second) I give this recording a 2 because Phil's bass is very low, without the full representation of Phil the tape losses admiration. With that being said I have the mind set that this is all about Jerry and indeed Jerry was an absolutely incredible musician, understatement too say the least.
Reviewer: yippierb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2010
Subject: one day smoochinnn
Hell! I might just shake his fuckin hand! Go Charlie!
Reviewer: 600PoundsOfSin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2010
Subject: Charlie Miller
One day I WILL kiss Charlie Miller on the lips.

Thanks CM!
Reviewer: thanatokephaloides - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2010
Subject: Yum-O-Licious Late 1970's Grateful Dead!
This is a flatly WONDERFUL audience recording. Great dynamic range and tonal quality even without the Dolby. The band really seems to be out-doing even their 1978 best with this recording. I especially liked the Looks Like Rain -> Supplication and the Drums/Space suddenly breaking into The Other One with the band's full force and power. "From the Heart of Me" shows Donna Jean actually participating as a full partner in the music rather than (as another reviewer put it) mere "caterwalling". Charlie and crew, many thanks for this absolute gem, and thanks to the Internet Archive for hosting it so we all can partake. This is the Grateful Dead as I first met them in 1977-79, and oh! the memories it brings back!

The BBC's _Robin Hood_ series put it best: "NOTHING IS EVER FORGOTTEN". The Grateful Dead will live forever in the memories of Dead heads, with a little help from technologies like those used by the Internet Archive. And this particular concert definitely is one which deserves to be remembered!!

P.S. Zaorish: If you're still listening, please share your "alternative sources" information with me at
Reviewer: Stellablu122 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2009
Subject: Rare audience gem
This recording is so crisp and alive it is flat out amazing, although alittle shy on the low end.The opener is very strong, faster paced Sugaree and then a rockin' BIODTL, which in my book is perfect. The rest of the set has some great moments and I love the Supplication.
Set two starts of really well and the tranistion into Fire is really good. Granted Samson was a dime a dozen back in these days, but this one smokes. From the Heart of Me is really good too. He's Gone is great with an epic vocal ending and rauchy jam afterwards.
The drums are amazing, it is that Apocolypse Now theme that really was a career high light for Mickey, and is very enjoyable to listen to.
The O1 is amazing and long with this reading really being a stellar example of a modern version. The end of the set continues in this vain so crank it up and enjoy. You will feel like you are sitting right in the audience, this recording is that good.
Reviewer: foreveryoung2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 28, 2009
Subject: Ausome
The Second Dead Concert I attended!! The previous night in B'ham Al. being the 1st, didn't think anything could be better until this night!! Check out the Stella Blue on 12-15, sounds as if Jerry & Keith playing in Honky Tonk~~!! Also, I distinctly remember a speaker blowing during the concert(can't remember during which song)
Reviewer: D.Belts - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 12, 2009
Subject: Help
I can not seem to download anything. Someone please help. I have a mac and when i do the stream i am only able to get the soundchecks. how do i get the whole show..

Reviewer: Rafi_ifdawn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 3, 2009
Subject: OMFG Jerry is on FIRE for this one
He's frisky tonite! SCREAMING HOT LICKS!!!!
[Excellent sound quality too - thisn's a keeper
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 16, 2009
This is what every audience recording should sound like. Also a legendary show to boot. Joani Paul & Charlie I love you all.
Reviewer: majordomo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 15, 2009
Subject: nice!
just stuffed the scarlet fire in my ears but the quality has a real in the room quality and Garcia really burns. download now.
Reviewer: portmcgroin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 10, 2009
Subject: hair raising
Amazing sound quality for a audience, restored my faith in large place audience recordings. Love it, download it, bravo to taper and transfer.
Reviewer: xbalanke - - July 8, 2009
Subject: My 3rd GD Show
I haven't listened to the tape yet, but this was only my 3rd show and WOW, I loved it (though Jerry's voice was painful to listen to in places). I also remember being well dosed for the show.
The crowd was very small (~3000) since Ted Nugent, who was a MUCH bigger draw in Nashville at the time, had just played the night before. The Dead seemed to sense that the crowd was mostly hardcore fans and played accordingly.
I can't say how thankful I am to have found this site!
Reviewer: nigeldavahah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 10, 2009
Reviewer: IowaNic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 27, 2009
Subject: great for Jerry fans
I'm first and foremost a Jerry Garcia fan, which is probably why I started drifting away from the Dead in the late in the 80s when his health and playing (with the GD, anyway) started declining noticeably. But this recording has Jerry front and center--each note is right in your face. I love it. You really get a chance to reflect on his approaches to all these great songs. Bobby does some interesting slide work--better and more subtle than the standard Minglewood/Rooster/CC stuff he palyed slide on in later years. I really like it in Sugaree. Anyway, very nice AUD recording of a very nice show.
Reviewer: JustAFloatingSage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2009
Subject: Good Ol' Nashville
You gotta understand the place Nashville holds in the minds of musicians... Something mystical... Like wandering across holy ground where eons of folk have long strained to capture that perfect emotional expression... The gods of sound smile upon even the lowest of musical clumsicants when they visit Nashville....

I did some graduate studies at Vanderbilt there at Nashville.... I have never since experienced such delightful finger-ability across the frets of my guitar or shown such canary-like crone-ability to sing ... it was so nice... Sigh....

I love this show ... I didn't click fast-forward once ... 2nd set opens well enough ... but not as keenly as the 1st set closes (imo)... the band gets transcendent during He's Gone ... drums keep that groove going ...By the time we hit The Other One it's on... Jerry's playing is sharp, crisp, exact... I love the way the audio puts his guitar front and center

Tears occurred listening to this one...gets a 5-star for hitting that emotional boingo-boingo inside me
Reviewer: BlackThroatedWindbag - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2009
Subject: One of the Greatest Big Rivers
I'm not even done listening to this and it's one of the best Big Rivers I've ever heard. Jerry's solos are insane in the brain. OK, I'm at From The Heart Of Me and it's completely terrible (yes, worse than a nineties To Lay Me Down), and unfortunately tamps the incredible Fire before it. Quaalude He's Gone, gotta move on; coming from a drummer, I don't know how they could play that slow (I'm not kidding, it's difficult). Great Other One stuff gotta go.
Reviewer: thebone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2009
Subject: "Music City" Masterpiece
One of the greatest Dead shows. Truly amazing!!!
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2009
Subject: Sweet Recording
Very good audience recording, "sounds like you are there"...great performance, too!
Reviewer: snow_and_rain - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2009
Subject: are you kidding me?
this has to be one of the most mind-bending scarlet> fires ever. outstanding.
Reviewer: wwlknsn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2009
Subject: omg
i know exactly where to go with it
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2009
Subject: bobby slide
as a previous reviewer stated, Bobby did in fact, learn how to play slide, on stage. Ala Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: popps - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2008
Subject: v-good
Thank you Charlie.
That’s it, thanks man.
ps what a candyman!
Reviewer: Zaorish - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 23, 2008
Subject: This show is an example of 1978's greatness
The Grateful Dead. What the Hell? How do they just keep pulling f**king amazing stuff out of their asses???? Everyone knows 78 was a year in which shows had great versions of a few songs, but dragged a little in the second sets.


I thought that all He's Gones after 1974 sucked. No way. He's Gone is ABSOLUTELY FLAWLESS. Drums rocks too, which is extremely rare for it. (SBD drums almost always sound like shit, because there's little or no echo) Other One is very hot at 15 mins, the show closes with a furious Round&Round, a standout version you can compare to 4-12-78 and 2-5-78.

This show is excellent. And Scarlett>Fire rips hard, just as it usually does in 1978. This show is like all the great things about 1978, with none of the drawbacks.

I consider myself a big '78 did I miss this one??!?!?! Anyway if you liked this, definitely get 12-19-78, the stella>nfa is a priceless moment.

Other great 1978 shows:
01-22-78 - other one > st stephen
04-12-78 - smokin'
04-24-78 - mns, scarlet fire
05-07-78 - mns, scarlet fire
07-07-78 - nfa>nobody's jam>nfa
07-08-78 - terrapin, franklins, werewolves
09-01-78 - eyes
09-16-78 - ollin arrageed>fire
11-17-78 - Deep Elem Blues, Dark Hollow, etc.
11-20-78 - playin>shakedown>world to give>playin
11-24-78 - sugaree, ollin arrageed>fire
12-12-78 - half step>franklins
12-16-78 - this one!
12-19-78 - S>F, stella>nfa, casey jones
12-30-78 - s>F, st. stephen>nfa>gdtrfb
12-31-78 - this one is famous
02-03-79 - counts as 78, this one is a mind-blower!
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If any one wants info on alternative show sources, just post your email with your review, I will tell what I know.
Reviewer: bottleneckbill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2008
Subject: Hot Stuff!
The band brought their best game to Nashville this night! Joyful sounds!
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2008
Subject: No Dolby?
No problem. Bright and crystal clear. Thanks for the choice Charlie! Great sounding gem.
Reviewer: bigtoe25 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2008
Subject: who wears short shorts? Weir wears short shorts
One of my favorite versions of ' looks like rain ' & it may be a stretch, but I get a little 'Dear Prudence' toward the end?? Not really sure on the time-table's of the two songs but regardless, just a nice little gem, thank you!
Reviewer: jeremiah johnson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 27, 2008
Subject: Funky Tonk!
What a fun show!WhooHoo!
Reviewer: Ron A. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 26, 2008
Subject: Scarlet>Fire
I've listened to a lot of shows (in addition to attending quite a few back in the day), and this is one of the best Scarlet>Fire jams that I've ever heard. Totally amazing!!
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 18, 2008
Subject: This show.... dope! Jerry's sound, let alone his playing, is just so sweet here. And the recording is simply superb.
Reviewer: UKDEADHEADKUWAIT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 15, 2008
If you like the Dead you are on this archive
If you are a Deadhead - this is a rare show
If you appreciate great music - download this
If you apprecaite great sound quality - you have it here
Then you can dance around all day to the best sugaree I have heard in ages amongst other things
Even Donna aint shit on this!!!
Just to remind you - Coldplay and John Mayer should be systematically rounded up, sent to Guantanamo Bay and have 5 Molar concentrated sulphuric acid poured on them. Id love to watch!!
Reviewer: Bob Gnarley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 5, 2008
Subject: download this now!
Great '78 Tennessee Dead! This show is great from the opening notes of Sugaree thru the OMSN encore.Beautiful sound to boot. One of the finest auds. on this site.
Reviewer: wtciv - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2008
Subject: My Second Show
I went to this show mostly sober because I wanted to remember it -- I'd gotten too wasted at my first Dead show at the Municipal Auditorium earlier that spring and didn't remember a thing. Oddly enough, except for a '73 gig at Vanderbilt, I'm pretty sure that these were the only two times the Dead ever played Nashville.

A few things I remember: seeing reams of unsold tickets at the ticket window, so it wasn't anywhere close to being a full house (maybe 5,000 out of 8-9,000?), watching Donna Jean sit down on a folding chair on the back of the stage when she wasn't singing, seeing a hippie chick holding up a single rose in the middle of the crowd. And even though I'm pretty sure they were done with the Wall of Sound by then, I remember that the speakers were piled up higher than any other band I'd seen up 'til then.

Music-wise, I'd say it's a solid late-'70s show: Bobby must've been learning how to play slide or something because there's a lot of that going on.

The highlight for me, then as now, is the long, spooky moaning and wailing that Jerry, Bobby, and Donna Jean get into at the really drawn-out ending of "He's Gone." I remember thinking at the time: "Wow, that's some cool shit!"

It's still pretty damn cool almost 30 years later.
Reviewer: Still_Grateful - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 18, 2008
Subject: GD Nashville Mun. Aud. 12-16-78
This is truly a great show. My first show was the beautiful Shea's Theater, Buffalo, NY 1-20-1979 . A great small venue, I think approx. 3500 seats. It was the first of many for me. I enjoy going back to the late 70's shows where it all began for me. Hey Zaorish - I'd be interested in hearing about other alternative sources. You can e-mail me at . Thanx man! Definitely download this Nashville show - you won't be dissapointed.
Reviewer: Pulver@Noyo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 30, 2008
Subject: Vista/XP loads
Jeepers, "If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it".
Somebody at MS shoulda' laid that bit of hillbilly wisdom on Bill Gates.

Great show. I don't much cotton to Donna's catterwallin' but it is what it is. She's in pretty good form this night. The whole show kind of has this jerky kinda' rhythm to it, which is interesting. Not particularly inspired or innovative but "interesting". It's gotta' be pretty weird being the Grateful Dead and playing in Nashville anyway...

I DL'd the show and will no doubt, come to like it even more in ten years. "You dang kids get off of my lawn, I'm tryin' to listen to the, aw, fergit it..."

Reviewer: jef926 - - May 2, 2008
Subject: trouble with some files
I had trouble with Sugaree, Candyman, and Samson and Delilah. The tracks would cut off after being burned to a CD. I just downloaded the mp3 versions but wondered if anyone else had this problem.
Reviewer: shields1223 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2008
Subject: Score!
Came upon this and read a few other reviews. I'm not a true deadhead but have followed them since 1966. This is like looking through a Windowpane into my younger years. Thanks to the GD, not all of my memories are blottered (sic) out.
Reviewer: IMPROVISATION - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2008
Subject: Would love to know more
Hey just saw your post. WOuld love to get turned on to more good 78's. I've been looking for a 74 show (i think) that has the best dark star-Me and my uncle transition I've ever heard.
Reviewer: jeeper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2008
Subject: I NEED YOUR HELP!!!
Howdy fellow archivers :~)
So for the past year I've been downloading with no problem using Windows XP. I'm now using the new Vista and can't figure out how to "get" the downloads. Could somebody please help?! As far as this '78 show...ROCKIN'!!The slide work Jerry & Bobby use in the 1st set is awesome, especially in Stagger!!!"The song that woman sung..."---Thanks in advance if you can help out!
Reviewer: dead-freak - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 6, 2008
Subject: Best audience recording here!!!!!
I have only begun listening to this amazing nugget. It sounds like the mics are sandwiched right in the heart of the sound. Great levels and high end. Weird that Jerry still sounds far away, but don't hesitate to dl this one. The whole show is fantastic.
"I knew w/o askin' she was into the BLUES!!"

After truly ingesting this show I do belive it is one of the tightest (to abuse a term) displays of symbiotic jamming of which ONLY this band is capable. The He's Gone through the other one is as organic as they come with a terrific thundering Phil intro for good measure and totally out of the blue like Jack Cassidy carrening to a bus stop where I got on...back in '86...oh lest I reminesce, this show smokes! The other one meanders with Jerry's quitessential filigree fret work. Then plunging into a lower register jam and noodling his way throughout the theme. He is expending harmonies and lets one know how close rock/jazz/blues are. All interwoven in a splendid tapestry of aural carpeting.
I am so humbled to know a fellow Minnesotan developed this archive. Hats off to all involved! true heroes raviging the storied past of the greatest American band ever!!
Reviewer: curtisclogston - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2008
Subject: woah
this is nice
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